Arthritis is characterized by stiff joints, pain in and around joints and, hard to move joints and bones. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis which affects millions of people worldwide. Apart from continuous pain and loss of mobility, arthritis can also cause various complications. And unfortunately, most conventional treatments for arthritis don’t address its underlying causes. Below is a list of best natural remedies for arthritis.
1. Drink Ginger Tea –
There are many health benefits of ginger. Ginger is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory food. you can drink ginger tea to get all the benefits and you can include ginger in your daily cooking.
2. Eat inflammation-fighting foods –
You feel pains in the body when there is a high level of inflammation in the body. You should eat fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, olive oil, nuts, garlic, onions, and herbs and you should avoid fast food, junk food, fried food, and processed food.
3. Give affected areas the cold-hot treatment –
You’ll need two containers. You should fill one container with cold water and ice cubes and fill the other container with hot water at a temperature you can tolerate. You can start by immersing the hurting joint in cold water for a minute and, then switch to the hot water and immerse for 30 seconds. Then You can switch from cold to hot for about 15 minutes, immersing the affected joint in each container for 30 seconds each time. Finish with cold water for a minute. The cold-hot treatment will some relief to your aching joints.
4. Get some turmeric-
Turmeric is a very powerful anti-inflammatory food. It is known to reduce the inflammation in the body. Most Indians already use turmeric spice in their daily cooking, so you can get some extra turmeric by adding it to your smoothies and warm milk. High doses of turmeric can also lower blood sugar and blood pressure.
5. Sip few cups of green tea a day –
The research found that green tea’s polyphenol antioxidants were anti-inflammatory, improved arthritis-related immune responses, and significantly reduced cartilage damage. It is recommended to drink tea in moderation only.
6. Go for a swim –
Swimming has always been recommended as a good exercise for people who are suffering from arthritis. The weightlessness from the water reduces the impact on your joints. A Taiwanese study found that swimming significantly improves strength, knee and hip flexibility, and aerobic fitness. An Australian study also suggested that such programs like working out in water resulted in less pain and better overall function. You can check your local health club, hospital, or swimming pool about classes specifically designed for people with arthritis.
7. Get enough vitamin C –
Vitamin C plays an important role in your body and has many health benefits. Vitamin C helps to produce collagen which is a major component of joints and cleanse the body from destructive free radicals which are harmful to joints. Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruits, leafy greens etc. are a good source of vitamin C. These foods will help you to get the Vitamin C your immune system needs. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps to reduce oxidative stress in the body and is said to lower cancer risk. Make sure to spread out the doses of Vitamin C throughout the day, as our body is not capable of storing Vitamin C, it takes the required amount from the bloodstream and flushes out the rest. So rather than taking megadose in the morning, you split your Vitamin C intake in morning and evening.